In four days time, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool will fight it out at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid for the honour of being crowned Champions of Europe.
Both teams come into the game with a lot of confidence after mounting terrific comebacks in the second leg of their respective semifinal clashes against Ajax and Barcelona.
Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer has said that both teams have a reason to believe their name is on the trophy given the run they have had to the final this season.
In a column for The Sun, Shearer wrote, “There is an argument for both teams to say that it is fate that they will win the competition this year.
“The way the Reds came back from losing 3-0 in the first leg of their semi-final in Barcelona was just staggering. I was doing co-commentary on the radio for the second leg at Anfield and I’ve never experienced an atmosphere like it in my life.
“It felt like the Kop was sucking the ball into the back of the net. In 20 years, people will be asking where you were the night Liverpool scored four against Barca.
“But equally, when you look at how Tottenham have reached this stage, you could make a case for thinking it’s written that they are going to go and win it too. It is easy to forget now, but they had just one point after their first three Champions League group games.
“They managed to pick up a point at the Nou Camp to qualify for the last 16. And then you go back to the way they kept fighting back at the Etihad to get past City in the quarter-final — and then again at Ajax in the semi-final.”
The former England striker said that Liverpool go into the game as favourites and insisted that hardly any Tottenham player would get into the Jurgen Klopp’s side.
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However, the 48-year-old said that the three-week break between the end of the Premier League and the final works to Spurs advantage, as Liverpool would have lost momentum after ending the season in terrific form.
He added, “On form, Liverpool should beat Spurs. They did the double over them in the League this season. And there are not too many Spurs players who would get in this Liverpool side. Certainly, in defence, I would swap only one — Toby Alderweireld or Jan Vertonghen to partner Virgil van Dijk.
“I am still tipping Liverpool to edge it but you have to wonder if they will have lost a bit of momentum from having not played for three weeks. Yes, Spurs have had the same time off. But Liverpool finished the season so strongly, winning all of their last nine games to push City right to the wire. And I am sure they would much rather have had only a week’s rest before this game in Madrid.”
Spurs Web Opinion
We at Spurs Web have to respectfully disagree with Shearer’s assessment that hardly any Spurs player will make it into the Liverpool side as we think Kane, Eriksen, Son, and Alderweireld are all good enough to start for Liverpool, while Rose on his day will push Roberston close. However, the former England striker is right in saying Liverpool go into the game as favourites.
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